Youngsters at a village school are going nuts for conkers.
While politically correct disciples up and down the country are trying to ban the age old past time from the playground, pupils at Goosnargh Oliverson’s CE Primary near Preston are proving it is still a firm favourite.
The school’spopular charity club, S.O.C.Ks (Super Oliverson’s Charity Kids) organised its own conker tournament to provide some end of term fun and raise money at the same time.
The event was thrown open to parents and teachers as well, who had their own battles.
Year Two teacher Ali Cottam who runs the club, said: “The idea came from the children themselves and we drew up special rules about both how to play and the conkers that can be used.
“Letters went home to parents with the rules.
“Some children didn’t know how to play the game but they were only allowed to practise at home.”
Entrants paid 50p and battled it out in the playground, in rounds lasting a minute and a half. There were winners in each class - Reagan Hough in year six; Lanre Okewusi in year five; Louis Botes in year four; Keira Price in year three;Isaac Burrow in year two; Freddie Potts in year one and Jayden Elliot in reception. The winner of the biggest conker was Jamie Emmett.
Ali said the event was a big hit and the children enjoyed watching the staff battle as well. The two teacher finalists, kitchen manager Niki Cornall and year five teacher Nick Ingleby, battled it out along with the parent finalists at the Friends of Goosnargh bingo night.
Mr Ingleby won in spectacular style in front of a packed audience as he smashed Mrs Cornall’s conker in the last second.
Dads Nick Sant and Rob Banks’ final ended with Rob Banks crowned champion after gaining the most hits.
The charity club was launched last year and, according to Ali, has really taken off.
She said pupils meet after school once a week and have come up with a range of fundraising ideas.
Ali added: “They loved the idea of the conker battle and have also come up with some really crazy ideas in the past including an Easter ‘eggshibition’. The children choose the charities and this year, it is Macmillan Cancer and NSPCC for children across the world and local children.”